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The Myth of Midcentury Modernism

Why the obsession with Midcentury Modernism? Is this 20th century design movement just another passing style? Let’s not embalm Midcentury Modernism. Instead, honor the past and move forward.

$15 (1 hr)

Category: @Palm Springs, @Annenberg Theater, Book Signing, Presentation, Talk

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Do not turn Midcentury Modernism into a cliché, a mere paint-by-numbers approach to design. Reconsider your original issue Saarinen table within a Neutra-inspired house, Zeisel pottery in a room of historically accurate avocado green paint. Do you only drive a 1960 Ford Thunderbird, wear saddle shoes, and twist to Doris Day? Let’s look at the past, present, and future of Midcentury Modernism—lessons learned and points of departure. The movement should be viewed as inspiration and evolution, not a source for nostalgic replication. The successes and challenges—even battle-scars—of Midcentury Modernism will be examined through a diverse and curated collection of projects and design strategies.   
Anthony Poon, FAIA, is an architect, author, musician, and artist—and a frequent presenter at Modernism Week. His Los Angeles-based Poon Design Inc. —a multi-disciplinary architecture and interiors studio—has completed over 300 residential, commercial, educational, and religious projects, including several award-winning homes in Palm Springs. Having received over 50 national and regional honors, the work of Poon Design has been featured in hundreds of articles. Anthony has published three books on architecture, writing regularly on design at Mr. Poon received his degrees from Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley.  Anthony will sign copies of his book Live Learn Eat: Architecture by Anthony Poon and his debut mystery novel, Death By Design at Alcatraz


Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 
Annenberg Theater,  Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Photo by David Blank, Photo by Mark Ballogg, Photo by Mark Ballogg, Photo by Peter Thomas, Unsplash, Photo by Lommiz Rodrigues, Pixabay, Photo by Grant Bozigian
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